FOR someone who had been to the PBA Finals the last six conferences, Talk `N Text coach Chot Reyes will surely miss the adrenaline rush of a title showdown.
But now that he’s outside looking in, Reyes believes a Rain or Shine-Ginebra showdown for the Governors Cup championship would be to the advantage of the Elasto Painters.
“Kung Ginebra-Rain or Shine, tingin ko Rain or Shine. Slight edge, very slight,” said Reyes, hours after his Tropang Texters were eliminated by the Kings in their no-tomorrow encounter, 73-71, on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The win by Ginebra earned the Kings a playoff against B-Meg for the right to face Rain or Shine in the best-of-seven Finals that starts on Sunday, also at the Big Dome.
On its seventh PBA season, Rain or Shine made the Finals for the first time after beating B-Meg, 92-82.
“Kung Rain or Shine-B-Meg, ang feeling ko B-Meg ang llamado, kasi pangalan nila Llamados,” said Reyes after coaching his last game with the PLDT franchise before going full-time on his job as coach of Smart Gilas-Pilipinas.
Between the Kings and Llamados, the 48-year-old mentor believes B-Meg has the more balanced and deeper team.
“Yung Ginebra grabe rin ang lalim 'nun, pero mas balansyado `yung lalim ng B-Meg,” Reyes added.
Talk `N Text lost to both B-Meg (94-91) and Ginebra in the semis, but scored one over Rain or Shine, 98-90.